17 year old with newly developed PA

Posted on: Sun, 02/29/2004 - 10:59pm
heatherlynn's picture
Joined: 03/01/2004 - 09:00

Hi! I just wanted to say hi, and I hope that this board helps me! I'm in the process of trying to figure out how bad my PA is...and I'm pretty scared...I'm not sure what all has peanuts in it! I was told stuff about Chinese food, and some chips..and after a bad reaction last week, I'm pretty scared! can you guys help?

* Heather *

Posted on: Sun, 02/29/2004 - 11:49pm
ajinnj's picture
Joined: 05/13/2003 - 09:00

Hi Heatherlynn,
Welcome to the boards. Receiving a new diagnosis is always very scary but it will get easier. The first and most important is to become as educated about peanut allergy as possible. Ask questions! Remember, no question is ever a stupid question. People on this board are here to help.
I'm 18 and have had severe peanut allergy my whole life. I don't post very often on these boards, but please feel free to contact me off boards. My email is in my profile.
Good luck and take a deep breathe. Everything WILL be OKAY!

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 3:46am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Heather. I also developed pa as an adult.
There is a wealth of information on these boards, read as much as you can, and ask questions when you cannot find the answers.
You mentioned having a bad reaction a week ago. I hope you are feeling better now, and sometimes talking to someone about it helps.
Do you carry an epi-pen?

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 10:47am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Hi Heather,
Welcome! I'm sorry to hear about your recent Dx. It must have been a bit of a shock.
There's lots of good information on here. Be sure to check out the Manufacturer's Forum. Besides Chinese Food and chips, some risky things are scooped ice cream and bakery items.
Do you have asthma as well?
Please don't be afraid to ask questions - one of us will always be happy to answer.
Take care,

Posted on: Mon, 03/01/2004 - 3:53pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Welcome to the boards. You're doing the right thing by coming here and educating yourself about peanut allergies.
You'll find this site has great information!
I pulled this info from a document issued by the Mass. Dept. of Education on Managing Food Allergies in Schools, since I thought it may help you get started.
You'll find that there are an awful lot of people out there who can help answer your questions, so as you start reading through things and questions arise, just fire away...
Terms that indicate the presence of PEANUT protein:
-Beer nuts

Posted on: Sat, 03/06/2004 - 12:00am
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Joined: 05/01/2002 - 09:00

G'day Heather,
Sorry to hear about your allergy, but its nice to have you here at pa.com
My wife Helen has had PA all of her life, and although it has got worse over the 10 years we've known each other (since her 22nd birthday party [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ) she's still facing life in all its fullness.
One thing to add to the list of peanutty products is Arachis Oil, or arachis anything...as arachis is the scientific name for peanuts. I've seen it on cosmetics and medicines more than food.
I understand how daunted you must feel, wanting to learn all this stufff in an instant, but the people here are great and there's lots of helpful advice to find if you look through the threads.
Geoff (Helen's hubby)

Posted on: Sun, 03/07/2004 - 6:32am
heatherlynn's picture
Joined: 03/01/2004 - 09:00

Thanks guys!!!
My doctor gave me an EPI pen this past week, and explained some more stuff to me I feel a little better! and yes, I have had asthma since I was about 6 years..
Have a good weekend!

Posted on: Sun, 03/07/2004 - 3:57pm
MichelleR's picture
Joined: 05/14/2001 - 09:00

Hello there
I just wanted to say that I found out practically everything I know about pa (which I developed at 20) from these boards - I don't know what your doctor is like but any doctor I've ever seen has been fairly uninformed about the condition. For the first year after I discovered my pa, I managed it myself ie didn't eat peanuts or peanut products or any "may contain" items, and luckily never had a reaction, but it was only after I found this site that I fully realised all the implications of the allergy and learned about all the possibilities of cross contamination etc. So I hope you find the site as helpful as I did and I hope you stay reaction free in the future!
Take care,

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